Former youth pastor pleads not guilty to sex crime allegations


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. - A former youth pastor accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a member of his group entered a not guilty plea Wednesday morning in Marshall County court.

Thirty-two-year-old Robert Byars is charged with 15 counts of Unlawful Transaction with a Minor, five counts of 3rd Degree Rape and five counts of 3rd Degree Sodomy.

Court documents reveal dozens of encounters between Byars and the minor since December 2012, many of them allegedly occurring on church property.

Byars will appear in court again July 10.